Alain Safa is a Swedish Lebanese poet and transformation agent who empowers his clients through storytelling. His goal is to develop leaders with passion, joy, and a greater quality of life. He has 40 years of experience transforming the lives of people from different cultures and backgrounds; improving both appearances and mentality.
When I searched for the word “dignity” in Swedish language, I found many synonyms like excellence, prominent feature, superiority, worthiness and respectability. I am sure that in many other cultures and languages there are lots of synonyms that can fill the gap of defining the real meaning of dignity for all. The word dignity is not common in today’s language among youth and adults, even though it is something that we all seek in our daily lives. It is the basic need for recognition that every one of us has, and every one of us is seeking in a way or another.
We just have to take a fast look at the mainstream social media to recognize that the “likes” people seek from other people are nothing but a call for recognition. The word dignity is baked in sentences and actions when recognition is at the stake. The challenge today is not to revive the word dignity in everyday language. The challenge is to recognize and acknowledge that there are as many definitions of the word dignity as there are humans on earth, and all these definitions can be considered legitimate from each individual’s perspective.
We should understand that we don’t own the one and only definition, and should never measure other people’s definitions with our own; however, we should canalize our definition of dignity with billions of other definition to create a road-map for success for all of us. The road to dignity starts when we recognize that all the roads lead us to the desired destination, and all roads mean nothing else but every human’s definition of dignity lead her/him to the desires path of Life.
The day we start showing respect for other individuals, by actions that clearly show that dignity is inalienable and regarded as the cornerstone for all other rights. So, in order to allow all these individual’s tiny roads of synonyms of dignity to lead us to the main road of dignity, we should seek to assure people in every possible way and situation that:
– They are excellent in the way they are performing their jobs when they do so.
– They are superior no matter their role in the organization.
– They are respected for the personality they have, for the type of family character they have, for their choice of sexuality.
– They add value to the organization with their different cultures, values, races and colors.
– They are worth a lot for the beauty of the organization, and the whole system of the sustainable and successful world.
A leader is like a shepherd; he stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, where upon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind. Leading a family, an organization, or a nation requires practical steps to assure that everyone on-board feels safe, is included and their needs are satisfied, while walking on their own pace.
It is all about our future, and together we can transform hate into love, suspicion into understanding, aggression into nonviolence, sexism into gender-equality, and prejudice into knowledge-based opinion.